Highway to use Aussie expertise


  • Nation
  • Tuesday, 15 Jul 2003

BY A. LETCHUMANAN

KUALA LUMPUR: The Australian technology of plain concrete will be used in the RM450mil Trans Eastern Kedah Interland Highway linking Durian Burung with Kupang in Kedah, said Works Minister Datuk Seri S. Samy Vellu. 

“This is the first time this technology will be used here. Although the cost is slightly higher, there will be less maintenance costs,” he said. 

He said the road would spur development in the state and would link with the Customs, Immigration and Quarantine (CIQ) complex that was under construction at Durian Burung at the Kedah-Thailand border (see graphic). 

“This road will also link with the road to Songkhla, Thailand, which has already been completed,” Samy Vellu said after presenting excellent service awards to 606 staff of his ministry yesterday. 

He was commenting on reports quoting Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Mahathir Mohamad about the slow progress of the project during a visit to the CIQ complex on July 8. 

Samy Vellu said a letter of intent was handed over to Syarikat Bina Darulaman and Pembinaan Kery Sdn Bhd to construct the first package of road between Durian Burung to Pedu in September last year. 

“Negotiations on the contract is at the final stages and will be handed over to the Treasury for a decision within a month or two. Work is expected to start before year-end,” he said, adding that the project will have a dual carriageway for 6km and single carriageway for another 44km. 

He said that the contractors would be required to upgrade the existing roads for 47km under the second package and another 25km under the third package. 

“The design for the two packages is still being finalised,” he said, adding that no toll would be imposed on this new road.  


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